Applications and Forms
Unless your child is mowing the neighbor's lawn or babysitting with their children, applications and forms will be a necessary part of getting a job. Although they can seem complicated, most employment applications and new-hire forms have the same basic information, and often the paperwork can be completed at home and returned to the employer.
There are ways to practice filling out applications ahead of time or to at least talk through them. Check with your child's teacher for sample applications. Your child should have the following basic information when she goes to fill out applications:
Length of time at the address
Phone number (home and cell)
Social security number
Names and contact information for three references
Information about previous employment (name of contact, length of time at that job)
Days and times available for work
Many employers offer (if not require) online applications. If they can be retrieved on your home computer, online applications offer two main benefits. They can be filled out at your child's pace with your support, and they can be used to practice general application skills without submitting them.
The work world is a place of forms and more forms. When your child is first hired she will be expected to fill out the same kinds of forms that you filled out for your employer. There are several ways to handle complicated paperwork:
Arrange a time that you can go with your child to complete the W-4 form, insurance forms, and other miscellaneous documents.
Have your child ask if she can take the needed paperwork home and then return it completed.
Write down the basic information she might need and send it with her.
The W-4 is always the tricky one. Know how to fill it out based on your family's tax information.